Diving the Great Lakes

Five large lakes make up “The Great Lakes”: Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario. Local divers will tell you with full confidence that The Great Lakes are among the best dive sites in the world, even if they are not world-famous for it. When you think of diving, you probably think of warm, salty water, tropical fish, sharks, and coral, but in this region, you will find a more adventurous setting with crystal clear water, unique fish, and the most well preserved, amazing wreck diving in the world. Some of the wrecks of these lakes date back to the 1800s and have been preserved by the cold, freshwater water of The Great Lakes. You can expect to find wooden schooners, steel freighters, steamships, barges, and even luxury yachts. A fair number of wrecks sit within the recreational depth limit; however, a vast majority of them are located even deeper; this is why a minimum of a Deep Diver certification is strongly recommended. The majority of these amazing wrecks are located in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Make sure you bring your drysuit since only cold water diving can be made here. Diving in The Great Lakes is a unique adventure with some of the most captivating sights you will find.

Featured places to go in The Great Lakes

Lake Superior

You will find many dive sites in Lake Superior called the “graveyard of the Great Lakes“ due to the large number of shipwrecks.

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Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is popular for its wreck diving. So much that it now has multiple underwater preserves, which help protect the shipwrecks.

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Lake Huron

The most popular place to dive in Lake Huron is Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, also known as shipwreck alley, having more than 100 shipwrecks.

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Lake Erie

The shallowest, and warmest of all the Great Lakes is Lake Erie and the perfect spot for divers of all experience levels.

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Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario has hundreds of dive sites scattered throughout all the area including amazing shipwrecks, wall dives and shore dives.

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Aquatic Life in The Great Lakes

Divers from all around the world go to The Great Lakes in search for adventure. The Great Lakes are considered the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world. They are famous not for its aquatic life, but for the amazing hundreds of shipwrecks that can be found in their waters. Every level of diver will find a perfect dive spot with many different ships that go from 19th-century wooden schooners to more modern steel freighters. Diving in The Great Lakes you’ll encounter many of the typical North American freshwater fish species such as bass, trout, walleye, pike, perch, catfish, and maybe even salmon.

Dive Sites in The Great Lakes